Open Gaming Alliance Teams Up with Vuzix

Open Gaming Alliance Teams Up with Vuzix

Vuzix Will Be Active in the Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Special Interest Group

BEAVERTON, OR and ROCHESTER, NY; July 18, 2016 – The Open Gaming Alliance (OGA), a non-profit business trade association focused on the games industry, today announced Vuzix, a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, enterprise, and entertainment markets, as the latest company to become a Corporate Member. Vuzix will be active in the OGA VR/AR special interest group. Vuzix joins other industry leading companies including Intel, Unity, Lenovo,Ubisoft, Dell/Alienware, Razer, MaxPlay, Tobii, TrionWorlds and others in supporting the OGA’s efforts to provide leadership, research and business opportunities; and encourage growth and diversity within the gaming ecosystem.

The Vuzix award-winning iWear Video Headphones is the ultimate mobile entertainment system, compatible with any device supporting HDMI output, such as mobile phones, tablet devices, gaming consoles, PC’s and Blu-ray players. Featuring dual HD displays and revolutionary nano-optics, the iWear Video Headphones provides an entertainment experience equivalent to watching a 125″ home television from a distance of 10 feet and allows the wearer to play games, interact with apps, watch 2D, 3D and 360° VR movies and even fly drones. With an integrated battery, the iWear Video Headphones is completely portable so users can enjoy it at home or on-the-go.

The ultimate focus of the Open Gaming Alliance being industry growth opportunities and sustainability, the trade organization is actively supporting Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality. With large investments happening in VR gaming and the overnight success of Pokémon Go in mobile AR, interest in these sectors will continue to heat up. The OGA and its corporate members are uniquely positioned to shape and support best practices via its VR/AR Special Interest Group enabling thought leaders to work together on a number of key initiatives.

“We are extremely excited about Vuzix’s leading edge VR/AR technology and how it can enhance the tools that developers have to create immersive content for the gaming community,” said Wanda Meloni, OGA’s Executive Director. “We view Vuzix’s addition to the OGA, and participation in our VR/AR Special Interest Group as an opportunity to extend our new member’s technology and products to developers, while also providing Vuzix with access to an ecosystem of prominent companies that are actively shaping new trends in the gaming industry.”

The iWear Video Headphones supports more than 150 gaming titles and the list continues to grow. Popular content supported, include high-profile games such as Assassin’s Creed, Avatar, Call of Duty, Halo and MS Flight Simulator. With SteamVR compatibility via OSVR, and now a Unity plug-In, titles such as Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2 and Fighter Base LLC’s new VR flight simulator Fighter Base are also supported by the iWear Video Headphones.

“As a pioneer in the VR/AR space, we believe it is important for Vuzix to set best standards and practices in the industry, working with leading companies such as Intel, Unity, Ubisoft and many others,” said Paul Travers, President and CEO at Vuzix. “We look forward to helping to shape the VR/AR landscape, as we engage with current and future partners through our alliance with OGA. We are confident that developers who experience the iWear Video Headphones will agree that it offers a unique entertainment and gaming option.”

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